17 Aug 2022

Murder investigation launched after man's body found in County Derry

The male's body was found this afternoon around 12.30pm.

Murder investigation launched after man's body found in County Derry

The incident occurred at Sandy Braes, Magherafelt.

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was found dead at a property in County Derry.

The discovery of the deceased man's body was reported this afternoon (October 18 2021).

Detective Chief Inspector Raymond Phelan said: “Just after 12.30 this afternoon, police received a report that the body of a deceased male had been found at a residential property in the Sandy Braes area of Magherafelt.

“Police attended and a man has been arrested nearby on suspicion of murder.

“My investigation is at a very early stage and I would appeal to anyone who was in the Sandy Braes area in recent days and who witnessed anything to contact Detectives on 101 quoting reference 944 of 18/10/21.”

The man, named locally as Brian Coulter, was a former police officer.

Coulter had been a serving police officer in south Armagh during the 1980s and had switched a shift with a colleague who was subsequently blown up in an attack.

After the incident, the officer had begun to consume alcohol excessively and had developed an addiction.

Mid Ulster MLA Keith Buchanan offered his condolences to the victim's family.

"My thoughts are with the family and neighbours who are now mourning the loss of a loved one or neighbour," he said.

"It’s my understanding that a person has been arrested and the PSNI are appealing for information and requesting that anyone who seen or heard anything to contact them.”


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